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Sources: Cavaliers Offer President Of Basketball Ops Role To Chauncey Billups

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 06 / 22 / 17

Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert has offered ESPN NBA analyst Chauncey Billups a five-year contract to serve as the team's President of Basketball Operations, but Billups has "yet to accept," according to sources cited by Jason Lloyd of THE ATHLETIC. Sources said that the two spent all day yest...

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Patriots Put 283 Diamonds In Super Bowl Rings

The Patriots on Friday received their Super Bowl LI rings in a ceremony at Owner Robert Kraft's home, and each ring contains 283 diamonds, an "apparent nod to the team's comeback from a 28-3 deficit" against the Falcons, according to ESPN.com. The team said that the amount of diamonds is the "m ...

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Rays Draw Less Than Expected For Doubleheader

The Rays on Saturday hosted the first scheduled traditional doubleheader in MLB since '11 against the A's, and "despite heavy promotion, the Tampa Bay market responded with only tepid interest, an announced crowd of 17,775," according to Marc Topkin of the TAMPA BAY TIMES. The attendance figure ...

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Blue Jays Fans Continue Seattle Invasion

In Seattle, Adam Jude notes of the 41,137 fans in attendance yesterday for the finale of the Blue Jays-Mariners series, about 70% "were Blue Jays fans -- continuing the Canadians’ annual takeover of Safeco Field.” The “Let’s go Blue Jays!” chants “began just befor ...

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Bucks Ink New Lease, Name D-League Team

BMO Harris Bradley Center has "reached an agreement on a lease" for the Bucks' last year at the arena, a deal "necessitated by the expiration of its previous lease," according to David Schuyler of the MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL. The deal for the '17-18 season will "provide some relief" for the venue ...

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Cardinals Planning A Pride Night At Busch Stadium

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Mariners Doubling Prices For Blue Jays Series

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Golden Knights Study Non-Traditional Hockey Markets

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Some MLB Teams Won't Draft Pitcher After Report

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Franchise Notes

New Earthquakes President Tom Fox said of the club's biggest need, "We're trying to be relevant in this market. I want us to be talked about. I want what we're doing to be interesting enough and newsworthy enough to be a big enough part of the population of San Jose. I want people to feel proud ...

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